Cardio Kickboxing Stances and Guards

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kickboxing expert Cheryl Cullina discusses safety techniques, including stances and guards.

    Cheryl Cullina

    Cheryl Cullina is an accomplished professional in the fitness industry, teaching several different class formats including Cardio Kickboxing. She has been a group exercise instructor for 15 years, completing certifications from the American Fitness Association of America, International Fitness Professionals Association, Les Mills International, and Powder Blue Productions, in kickboxing, step, yoga, weight and personal training, youth and senior fitness, nutrition, obesity, and exercise science. Holding an MBA from Michigan State University, Cheryl is also a computer engineer who, for several years, merged computer technology with the health care and fitness industries by evaluating and integrating evolving computer systems with physical therapy equipment for diagnostic assessments and rehabilitation solutions. Her passion for helping make people well inspired her to coach personal and group exercise classes, enthusiastically motivating all people, all ages, to take charge of their health by safely improving their cardiovascular fitness and body’s energy, strength, flexibility, balance and posture. Cheryl is a member of a Demo Team and has performed at National Health Fairs, Earth Day celebrations, annual Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day, and March of Dimes Walk America.

    Hi, my name is Cheryl Cullina and I'm a cardio kickbox instructor. I would like to go over some techniques with you. The first thing that we want to do is talk a little bit about safety, and that comes into play in our stances, in our guards. So, lets talk about the stance for a moment. We've got a couple of stances. Front stance is that your feet are shoulder distance-and-a-half apart, so they're a little wider than your hips, knees are soft, abs strong, shoulders back and relaxed, and that's on front stance. Our right combat stance is with the right foot forward, left foot at a 45angle, and then well take the guard in a second, but that's our right combat stance, quite naturally the left combat stance is with the left foot forward.

    So now that I'm in a front combat stance here, lets talk about making a fist and then into guard. With the fist we open the fingers, roll them down tightly into the palms of your hands, and then wrap your thumbs around your fingers, and then guard. Your arms are vertical to the floor, palms facing each other, hands right at chin level. So, in a front combat stance we're here. In a right combat stance, one arm forward the other arm back, and then the other way, looks like this. Now that we've got the stances, the fist, and the guard position covered, lets move on.